I took a walk on this gorgeous fall afternoon. The blue sky was akin to that of the wide open spaces of Montana’s Glacier National Park, which I adored, by the way when my family visited a few years back.
Before I set out on my journey though, I donned my headphones and started listening to a recording, before podcasts were a thing, or maybe better said is before podcasts were my thing, I’m not 100% sure which it is. I have listened to this recording before and read the book a few times, in fact, but today it took on new meaning, due in part, to where I find myself at this point in my life.
I am feeling a lot of emotional turmoil, confusion and other feelings that I can’t currently identify. And let me just say that none of this is anything I have chosen. And because I am of the negative emotions that surround this newest life-event, it not only affects me and my mental well-being, but that of my family as well. When Mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy!
Can you relate with any of this? Do you find yourself in a life-altering situation (not of your choosing) that has tripped you up in a big way?
As I listened to this recording, I was reminded that the opposite of what my family is currently experiencing is just around the next corner, if we allow God to lead us in the way He would have us go, and show us the lessons He wants us to learn.
That makes a difference as I continue to process.
Because life presents us with these challenges so often, you would think we would expect them, if not grow accustom to them. So far, that’s not quite how it’s going with me, but I still have a few years left to grow, if my life-expectancy plays out the way it should.
When we encounter unpleasant things in our lives it becomes an opportunity to choose which way we will go. We can choose to turn to God who never leaves us or forsakes us no matter how bad it gets, or will we can become angry and decide to walk away from the faith we have held on to for so long.
We get to decide.
Is there even a choice really, because where else can I take all of this seeming insurmountable pile of issues that I have no idea how to make right? Who else has the ability to see what lies ahead if we stay the course?
There is but One.
His Name is Jesus.
Because of my current circumstances, I have learned that what I believe is truly what I believe because of where I place my trust.
What about you? What have you learned because of your unexpected life-events?
I have once again chosen to take my eyes off of what it look likes and firmly place my trust in the God who can turn evil into good. That’s what I ‘m choosing for now anyway.
I often console myself with a phrase I coined, “This is not my forever home” and it’s true! It’s not, but perhaps it’s the beginning of where I will live as I chose to live in Him.
What will you choose? I would love to hear how you reach the path you will take, for now anyway.